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Ella Cutler: GoFundMe for injured WA Police officer third biggest in Australia as 500k target inches closer
September 16, 2023
A GoFundMe fundraiser for a heroic WA police officer fighting for her life is inching closer toward its 500k target as the campaign can be revealed as the third biggest in Australia this year.
The community has rallied behind young detective-constable Ella Cutler as she remains in a critical condition after she fell 10m from a clifftop in a horrible accident while holidaying in Croatia on August 26.
A GoFundMe fundraiser for the injured Det-Const. has reached a mammoth $470,091 on Saturday afternoon, just short of a $500,000 target.
Organised by her brother, Joshua Cutler, the family is trying to fund enough money to cover the 25-year-old’s medical bills and fly her back home to WA.
Ella’s mother Nicole and her brother Joshua are both staying by her bedside in a Dubrovnik hospital.
Speaking to 7NEWS from Croatia, the family of Det-Const. Cutler broke their silence detailing how they received a horrific phone call from doctors on the other side of the world.
“I think I just went blank and went into shock. It was almost like being in a dream state, it was very confusing and it was very traumatic,” Ms Cutler said.
They immediately booked tickets to Croatia and left WA within hours, enduring a three-leg journey before they were able to visit her in an intensive care unit.
“It was really terrifying seeing her in the intensive care unit, and I think it was probably the first moment that we actually realised that there was a high likelihood that she wasn’t going to survive,” Ms Cutler said.
After receiving treatment in a hospital she has since shown small signs of improvement although it’s still “very much day by day”.
She remains in a critical condition with horrific injuries to her head and spine, fractures to her ribs and limbs, and two punctured lungs.
Their insurance company, RAC, did not cover the family’s claim after an assessment was handled by another company, Tokio Marine.
The family said they were told the claim was rejected after considering a hospital toxicology report in conjunction with their general exclusions.
Both the RAC and Tokio Marine have refused to answer specific questions about alcohol consumption policies.
WA Police released a touching video of Det-Const in an effort to raise awareness about the harrowing situation — urging people to get behind the fundraiser.
“Ella is devoted to the community she serves,” the video said.
The largest donation so far is $10,000 as people continue to help get Ella back to WA.
“Those in our community serving in (a) front line services role deserve all support possible,” said one contributor.
“A person who is employed looking after the safety of others is now in need of help herself,” said another.
As revealed by The West Australian on Friday, Ella is the niece of Julie Cutler, a woman who disappeared in 1988.
The cold case mystery remains one of WA’s most long-lasting mysteries.
Supt. Gailene Hamilton, who fronted the cold case review of Ms Cutler’s disappearance before a coronial inquest last year, said: “In talking with Nicole and with Ella, they’ve spoken about how although they’ve gone through some trauma already in relation to Julie’s disappearance, but Ella used that to take an opportunity to help the community.”